Hyatt Launches New Promotion, You Should Register Right Now, Even Free Nights Earn!

Feb 15 2018

Last year Hyatt ran double points April through June and double points for the last month and a half of the year. Those were the only bonus promotions for hotel stays Hyatt ran. Period. And there’s been nothing yet this year.

Until now: they’ve just announced their new promotion and it’s likely better than double points — and kicks in with your first stay.

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Alaska Airlines Quickly Rolls Back Limits on Last Minute Partner Award Booking

Feb 15 2018

Loyalty fraud is a costly issue for programs. A lot of it originates in China.

The challenge though is limiting the cost of fraud without undercutting the value proposition of the program to legitimate members. That’s what I highlighted earlier in the week with Alaska’s new policy of prohibiting booking awards within 72 hours of travel on Cathay Pacific, JAL, or Hainan Airlines.

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Hyatt Regency Aruba Gives the Finger to World of Hyatt Members

Feb 14 2018

When a hotel program promotes that you can use points for any ‘standard room’ available on property, you think that means the most common room at the hotel. It doesn’t. It means the worst or lowest category room at the hotel.

And some hotels use this to prevent members from using their points. Hyatt has had real problems with this at some of its premier properties.

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Trump Wants to Sell DC Airports and That’s a Good Idea

Feb 14 2018

There’s a lot of pushback to the Trump administration suggestion to sell off DC area airports.

I’d like to leave aside the particular proposal and make a few points about the concept, both selling the DC airports and federal assets generally. Even if you’re not a fan of the President or of ‘privatizing’ see if you can disagree with these.

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I Was First on the Upgrade List and I Didn’t Clear!

Feb 14 2018

I’m driven nuts by upgrade issues like American Airlines agents not handing out upgrades to passengers who aren’t waiting in the gate area or not bothering to process upgrades at the gate because they’re too busy (so first class seats go out empty while passengers on the upgrade list sit in back).

Most of the time though what looks like shenanigans turns out to have a perfectly logical explanation on closer inspection.

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The 11 Best Cards from Chase and How to Get Them

Feb 14 2018

I frequently offer appraisals of the very best cards, and the very best signup bonuses, but in doing so only offer one or two cards per bank. That means I don’t get down further — what card should you get next, or if you aren’t going to get the one I prefer for whatever reason?

And the ‘best’ Chase cards have changed over the past several months since I last looked at their new products and limited-time signup bonuses. Your strategy for each is influenced by ‘5/24’ and what that means for getting approved for new accounts.

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Fantastic First Class Award Availability to Asia on One of the World’s Best Airlines

Feb 14 2018

ANA first class availability, booked far in advance, is outstanding right now. And it’s accessible using miles from a variety of programs — in the Star Alliance and through other airline partnerships as well. They offer one of the best and most consistent first class products in the world. It’s not as flashy as Emirates or Etihad, but the service and food are fantastic.

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